Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 In Talking it Over Gillian and Stuart were married until Oliver - witty, feckless Oliver - stole Gillian away. In Love, etc Julian Barnes revisits the three of them, using the same intimate technique of allowing the characters to speak directly to the reader, to whisper their secrets, to argue for their version of the truth. Darker and deeper than its predecessor, Love, etc is a compelling exploration of contemporary love and its betrayals.
A fictional history of the world in which stories echo each other as themes deepen and images recur. The author also wrote "Metroland" for which he won the 1981 Somerset Maughan Award and "Flaubert's Parrot" which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was short-listed for the Booker Prize.
If Julian Barnes' new collection of stories has a theme, it is 'rage in age', as each character faces death in a different way. The settings range from 18th-century Sweden to the 'Barnet Shop', a hairdressing salon where an old man measures out his life in haircuts. In another story, a music lover campaigns against those who cough in concerts.